The glamorous gang helmed by Victoria Beckham were making their own headlines at the 2006 World Cup, but what of the WAGs of today?
Photo: Simon Bruty/ Alex Morgan was the youngest player on America’s national soccer team at 2011’s World Cup and she’s already won an Olympic gold medal. The whole world was looking to them, and I wanted to be in their shoes so I did everything I could to be on that team.
Thirty-one-year-old Paralympic athlete Alana Nichols, who is the only American female to medal in both the summer and winter Olympic Games, chose the latter. An avid athlete from the age of five, Nichols spent her childhood playing t-ball, volleyball, and basketball. Nichols managed to graduate with her class on time and head to college at the University of New Mexico that fall. The first two years after the accident were painful and challenging, causing Nichols to question everything. “For so long my identity was about being an athlete,” she says. “When I accepted that this was my new reality, and saw the possibilities, I started thinking positively about my future.” She transferred to the University of Arizona to be a part of their wheelchair basketball program, qualifying for the U.S. Paralympics Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team in 2005, and in 2008 they brought home the gold.